Hello all! I desperatly need some help figuring out the scope
of this problem.
I have been looking for my next boat
for some years now. One that can take me anyere in the world I ant to go; safely and comfortably as a liveaboard
cruiser. I have recently become very interested in a 31' steel
with a full keel
at approximetly 12,000 lbs displacement
. It seems to fit all my needs and is a hearty ship to boot. I would love to sail the tropical carribean
in this vessel.
The problem is location. Now this is where I need some help from you experts out there. The boat
(the Patrician) is located in lake Superior
. I live in Michigan, on Lake Michigan, so this is conviently close to home. However, if i purchase
the Patrician I want to take her water
sailing, and down the Atlantic coast.
Now we get to the heart of the problem. I do not know how long of a sail it would be to go through all the lakes and out the St Lawrence Seaway and Eiree canal
. Also, it is now mid-September, and I don't know if I could even sail out this time of year with winter
closing in. I do not want to trailer
the boat across the country to drop her in the ocean. Also, I do not want to buy this boat just to let her sit on the hard
Please give me some advice
. Is it even feasable to sail out of the great lakes
from southern Superior all the way to the Atlantic this time of year? Is it a safe passage
in a boat that is new to me with winter chasing me? What would you do, buy this beautiful boat with its troublesome location and timing, or wait till next year for better weather
, or a better vessel?
Thank You for any insight you can offer.